tv [untitled] April 30, 2011 11:30pm-12:00am EDT
and broadcasting live from our studios in some from moscow where the seven thirty on a sunday morning on tron thomas watch martin. colonel gadhafi is in the sun and three grandchildren have been killed in a nato air strike in the libyan capital tripoli. the latest on of the unrest in syria the army reportedly killed six protesters as it takes control of a mosque in simple the rock a focal point of anti-government resistance in the city. and authorities in new york are accused of chasing the buck right out of people's pockets into the city
coffers with heavy penalties for petty offenses. now my colleague carrie johnson will be here in about thirty minutes with a full look at the review of your weekly news but up next the first in a series of our special reports from the exclusion zone in ukraine marking the twenty fifth anniversary of the true noble nuclear disaster. twenty five years ago the entire fifty thousand population over ukrainian sound of preview was evacuated within three hours. yes shah could you please step aside i'm working on you getting my short thank you they left most of what they had here as
they were told they were leaving only for a couple of days but none of them has ever returned or thing they saw people moving their hometown was the port of the cure not long never stated by the explosion. where we going numb to much and we need to go to previous post office genius these people really recently i received a notification to pick up a letter here in p.p. at the last it's impossible that post office isn't been working for twenty five years i don't think it's for real. show me strange but according to the stamp this really has come from here because you know where this post office is yes i know.
just such. a huge. explosion if you look at the snow all these trees that you see they've all grown since the accident and right now we're going to be passing the house where i was born. we came to the chernobyl exclusion zone to investigate a very strange story this place has been deserted for a quarter of a century but recently some people started receiving post notices telling them to
pick up letters at this post office in creepy i'm holding one of those here and indeed the stamp here proves that it came from the ghost town here. frankly speaking i do not know what to look for. many of. these notices have no addresses more names of those who had sent them. thank you thank you. thank you no we're. going to be honestly speaking i don't think we're going to find anything here. most of the things that remains here and in the apartments were later buried we. didn't keep them because they were very radioactive.
stuff. and the rest was stolen by scavengers. look here's a letter with someone for you to send from here. because there is a photo inside. it's lucky you. well that's what all the times i've been here i've never seen anything like this. this or this of this do so phones work here. they work at a nuclear power plant and sometimes they work here hello hello i look toward the who we're calling high salaries from work tonight. from kindergarden procedure we
can was going to scuse me who is it me calling and your pardon i must have that the wrong number. i don't get it you're. our investigation brings us to one of pete's kindergartens and this one is truly a horrifying scene most of the things one can see here have been left untouched ever since the catastrophe and the side which is probably the best description and most dramatic one of the chernobyl tragedy is that children's stories are laying literally side by side with military gas masks. a little more about this is my kindergarten also what i do i used to go here.
to watch a will not get used to being many children in papers and almost the greatest of all through specialists from all over the soviet union came here to operate the nuclear power station all be mostly young people instead of still and they thought that they were waiting for a bright future for courses book so this town experienced a baby boom and i wasn't. gonna stop no one used the gas masks look out there because the catastrophe happened on a saturday you could also they've been kept here and were left untouched. by the notion of what was in that letter you found. there's the photographic record there is a photograph inside. here have a look. it seems it was written by a child
a small girl. just three try there was three i was so glad to have received your letter so i decided to reply once my mom got me a new doll she's so beautiful that i'm sometimes afraid to play with her when i go to school in the morning i put her by the window and make a best for her in the evening i love her dearly the weather has already been very warm here we'll be having a holiday soon my parents and i will go to a rally will be inflating balloons and after that there will be a concert in the house of cultural activities my sister will be dancing there even though she's small she's already a great dancer or missing you're very much please come and visit us in this country we're missing you very much but he usually is come visit us in the summer leisure industry women are supposed to be mentions the first made friends in the previous house of culture and kids from this kindergarten were to perform at a concert there. when was that letter written. to push through all the data on the
envelope says it was meant to be sent to go to school for just a day before the catastrophe. in the coming nobody on the eve of the catastrophe many syllable wishes had been floated for saturday and sunday they always schedule wedding celebrations and children's concerts for the weekend but the even when the tragedy happened we didn't call off the festive events to the living children were breathing the c.e.o. as it was a hard day and the events were out in the open in many people were in the parks and i know that there were weddings in the house of culture in the end we were informed that it was very serious and that we were to go home and pack up for evacuation.
may the first was one of the biggest communist holidays in the soviet union the labor day previous house of culture still has a collection of posters with soviet leader they were meant to be carried at a traditional demonstration and the stage over here was meant to become a venue for a holiday concert. they say it's not so course but look what i found as improbable as a fireman suit. it could be that it belonged to one of those firefighters who fought the blaze at the nuclear power plant. and then you have to salute no question of why did it most of them died just the water and their gear was so radioactive. thrown through then it
was destroyed almost immediately afterwards. first of all you know there used to be an amateur theatre here maybe it's there's got to push it a little be honest i feel we're stuck with jason and he got any ideas where we could go next. well there used to be a library here talk and check out the rangers profile cards. you know this city was very beautiful. but it was meant to be kind of a role model for others. like the best place a communist society could ever build
a perfectly planned and constructed. rebuild it was meant to be a paradise for those building communism. wait a minute i found a note inside this picture book it looks like a page from someone's diary. is dated april the twenty fifth nineteen eighty six we're preparing an experiment at the station we'll be bringing the reactor to a stop we have some heated debates and most of us are sure that we're doing everything right but still cannot control conclusion the times it seems we're talking on different languages can both make it come from nowhere was a confrontation of the word for more workers did not want to keep the unstable reactor in operational and they are appropriate when the flu from for commercial because into conversations and documentation been published already the reactor was out of control. on the twenty fifth of april the employees was saying that it
was faulty and your solution but the bosses demanded that i should finish the experiment that you know they were performing only unstable reactor. and should be in your stomach when i saw a picture and daughters are spoke with a babylonian tower you go through i joke that we have now finally built it to be and we integrate the story. i'm on top of tallest building it is the best vantage points to see the chernobyl nuclear power plant straight after the disaster it was covered by steel lead called the circle for gas underneath it are still tons of radioactive fuel and deadly levels of radiation but if you don't know that from here but it almost looks a life.
quite a few of those now we know the apartment we're looking for should be somewhere here with do you know where this drawing came from. it appears here several years ago actually i don't know the elevator shaft is open so be careful we need to go this way let's go. and i turn shannon. i turn sharon. i knew my. eye tension was one of the new hombre it's got. the council of the town i reports it was the usual saturday and it was a very warm day and we did not feel like studying. after the second lesson teachers
were called for a meeting and left us to ourselves at the time we heard that something bad had happened at the reactor. many of the children's parents worked there and they talked about what they had heard from them or girls came from i learnt that there had been a blaze of the station and several people were injured with some with a hole but we could not imagine how serious it was because we felt that a fire was nothing to be afraid of at school we were told but atomic energy was the safest in the world for. them and the good because. it was still a kid when the tragedy happened he waited out doors to the rooftop and saw the blaze at the station there was smoke coming out of the building from the explosion radiation levels were already extremely high. horse everyone young and old was exposed to huge radiation doses. still works.
yes there's almost nothing left here. the most when you look through your car maybe there is some information about this person there just a second yes that yes i have something. he was one of those who was supposed to be performing an experiment at the station which means that during the moment of the explosion he should have been there all of the workers who were working at the fourth block were immediately sent to a hospital as they were severely irradiated and we could go to the hospital maybe we can find something there. that is a good idea that's a minute. what about his family. i don't know. i have no information on them.
the injuries were different. but the majority of people were exposed to the fourth radiation levels. and received third or fourth degree burns. one patient died of burns. the others were treated at zero medical facility. and then the abort to moscow. shows with the fourth level of radiation grimshaw disoriented and the rest.
i notice the injured are being brought here from the clark marks they are all covered in radioactive dust and i suppose we are receiving strong those this year too and we're completely i'm ready for what has happened i don't believe in all this at of it just can't be happening this is real hell. what's that what i found inside a patient record card. we need to leave what's happening we are leaving.
just ridiculous that's the stuff people please tell me what is this cross doing there it's ok on the just say it's a protective cross there are four of them in the ukraine west and they form a square or you know this in the south in the east and in the west this is the northern one. the cell phone work yet much in europe with no there's no signal whatsoever. well that we're stuck. there's a post here hold this but they haven't used you and there's a village not far from here. but of course they are on the other side of the river if you elderly couples living there in the form they might have a radio phone upgrade if not then at least we can stay overnight.
case. as we walk through the field i saw a herd of wild horses where we come from they who they were brought here straight after the catastrophe in the ninety's and it was an experiment to see how they would survive the radiation and now they've grown into a huge population the same happened to all the other animals get on a horse there's no people here because when they. safe walking out of.
what is this village who lives here there's a couple of elderly people that live here but there's the women if they were evacuated out of the test they're going to take why they here they were so well they came back they resettled here of their own free will i go hello my carry on and you go i'm not hello hello they're looking for how do you live here on your own there's no transportation or facilities because we're paying it although you provide us with a free bus to the city your was there you know you want when we need something from the market it used to be one some money because how often we were unsure of how this is the stress for them but now it's less often. on. the back of this horse is used by everyone in this election when they need to carry
still don't understand me those post notices. you remember the old men who carried us across the river. apparently he's a post man. and once a fortnight you cruises up and down the river and delivers mail. so you think he did it for. you maybe i don't know choosey well maybe somebody else maybe it was a mistake. it's interesting with a lot as a simple chemistry at first but there's such an easy solution is a. little more from research there is we have seen do you think anyone will ever come back here. i don't know. this is our guest they've built in one nine hundred eighty six was in temporary they said it was temporary because it would last for twenty to thirty years now they're building a new one. this one's supposed to last one hundred years and you know it's funny
when they also call it temporary means that both you and i and our children will be gone and it'll still be standing there after all the walks to prepare and haven't looked at these pictures i still don't understand why describe this town is beautiful to me it looks like an ordinary saudi town typical buildings and planning there were thousands of towns like that across the country it was beautiful because we lived here you know i've been having this feeling that you just cannot let go of all that happened here. i was if you continue fighting this zone. how can i forgive it if you. well we can just maybe try talking to the zone. it's not sending me letters well those i received were not directed to me either if you did they were not meant for you. and you would never have found them or read them in the first place.